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Saturday, Jun 14th, 2014

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners

The International Songwriting Competition (ISC), recognized as the most prestigious and respected international songwriting competition, has today announced its 2013 winners.

ISC's overall Grand Prize is awarded to Japanese trumpeter Shunzo Ohno for his song "Musashi," entered in the Jazz category. This is the first time in the 13-year history of ISC that the Grand Prize has been awarded to either an artist in the Jazz category or an artist from Japan.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges which included Imagine Dragons, Martina McBride, Joshua Redman, Josh Turner, Keane, Jon Secada, Dido, Garbage, Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.), James Cotton, Boney James, Jason Isbell, Anoushka Shankar, Monte Lipman (Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Republic Records), Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records), Alison Donald (Co-President, Columbia Records UK), and more.

Founder and Director Candace Avery states, "It is vital for all artists to be recognized for their talents and awarded the due respect for their accomplishments. This year we have awarded the ISC Grand Prize to a Jazz artist, and we applaud the importance of this genre in our musical landscape. The recipient, Shunzo Ohno, greatly deserves this honor, and ISC is proud to bestow this award on him."

Shunzo Ohno is a virtuosic jazz trumpeter and an accomplished composer and arranger. Ohno has performed with jazz legends Art Blakey & The Messengers, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Gil Evans, Larry Coryell, Machito & His Afro-Cuban Orchestra, and many more. With numerous recordings under his own name as a leader, he has also appeared on over 30 more as a sideman and has collaborated on two Grammy winning recordings.

Ohno has been described as modest and seemingly shy, and he has overcome health challenges in his life that would have potentially ended any musician's career. Surviving both a serious car accident in which his teeth and lips were permanently damaged and a later bout of throat cancer which forced him to relearn his playing, he is a testament to determination and courage, even inspiring a biography and documentary in Japan about his life.

For a more in-depth bio on Ohno, please go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/pressreleases

ISC awards more than $150,000 in cash and prizes to amateur and professional songwriters around the world. The Grand Prize winner is awarded $25,000 in cash (US) and an additional $35,000 in merchandise and services. Previous ISC winners include Bastille, Passenger, Lindsey Stirling, Gotye, The Band Perry, Kasey Chambers, Gin Wigmore, King Charles, Kimbra, Gregory Porter, Omar Sosa, and many more.

For a complete list of 2013 ISC winners and to hear the winning songs, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

link: International Songwriting Competition (ISC) announces 2013 Winners

Saturday, Mar 8th, 2014

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition Announced. Nine From Texas, One From Houston.

Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) have now been announced. Recognized as the most prestigious international songwriting competition in the world, ISC awards excellence in the field of songwriting. Representing a broad variety of musical genres, finalists were selected from 124 countries worldwide. To view the list, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/winners

Nine of the finalists are from Texas including one from Houston.

AMERICANA - Stick Around

David Ramirez (Austin, TX, USA)

CHILDREN'S MUSIC - The Fairy Tale Song

Deborah L Wedekind, Don Koch (DeDe) (Houston, TX, USA)

COUNTRY - Breathe

Matt Aslanian, Kent Bell, Kyle Gaston, Justin Haber (Breaking Southwest) (McKinney, TX, USA)

Miss You Anywhere

SaraBeth Swagerty, Dean Sams, Misty Rae Carson (SaraBeth) (Murphy, TX, USA)


Aaron Wagner, Tyler Halford (Weatherford, TX, USA)

PERFORMANCE - When I Found You

Nakia Reynoso, Barry Goldberg (Nakia) (Austin, TX, USA)

POP/TOP 40 - Boy With A Kite

Joe Moralez (Dallas, TX, USA)

RAP/HIP HOP - Holy Water

(RAS) Riders Against The Storm (Austin, TX, USA)

TEEN - Homework

Victoria Celestine (San Antonio, TX, USA)

Winners will be announced at the end of April, 2014. Prizes include over $150,000 in cash, merchandise, and services (including a Grand Prize of $25,000 cash and $40,000 in additional prizes). ISC is open to amateur and professional songwriters from all over the world, including bands and solo performers. Winners are selected by a panel of high-profile recording artists and music industry executives.

In addition to the winners selected by the panel of judges, ISC opens voting to the public to pick their favorite song. The ISC People's Voice runs for the entire month of March and is open for voting at http://www.facebook.com/internationalsongwritingcompetition.

Over the years ISC has become a benchmark for songwriting talent, and winning ISC can be a tremendous career booster. Winners have included artists such as Gotye, Kimbra, Gin Wigmore, The Band Perry, Passenger, Bastille, Kasey Chambers, Gregory Porter, Lindsey Stirling, and many more. Many winners have gone on to be signed to record label deals and have secured publishing deals, licensing deals, and distribution deals, in addition to getting more gigs, fans, and recognition.

ISC is now accepting entries for 2014. More information can be found at http://www.songwritingcompetition.com.

link: Finalists for the 2013 International Songwriting Competition

Saturday, Feb 15th, 2014

Unsigned Only Music Competition Deadline Is March 13, 2014.

The "Unsigned Only Music Competition" is now taking entries for the 2014 competition - with the deadline of March 13.

The Unsigned Only Music Competition, is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. If you are signed to an independent label you ARE eligible to enter this competition. Unsigned Only is looking for outstanding, talented artists: a band, singer, or solo artist...a newcomer or veteran...raw or polished - the gem that needs to be discovered. Unsigned Only is looking for the total package.

Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R. Mentors have included professionals from labels such as Universal, Sony, Atlantic, Capitol, Vagrant, Word, Bad Boy, Big Machine, Disney Music Group, G-Unit, Razor & Tie, J Records, RCA, Grand Hustle, and many more.

Judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; 3 Doors Down; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post) , and more to be announced.

Genres of music accepted are: AAA (Adult Album Alternative; AC (Adult Contemporary); Americana; Christian; Country; Folk/Singer-Songwriter; R&B/Hip-Hop; Rock; Pop/Top 40; Teen; and Vocal Performance. Unsigned Only accepts original and cover songs in all categories.

We hope that you will enter, and we look forward to hearing your music. Again, the deadline to enter is March 13.

link: For more information and to enter, go to http://www.unsignedonly.com

Monday, Sep 30th, 2013


Recorded in 2000, Griffin's "Lost" 'Silver Bell' Album Features "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2," Later Covered by Dixie Chicks.

"Patty's voice became my favorite voice the moment I heard her sing, and Silver Bell is one brilliant song after the next. I have loved this album for 13 years and didn't think it could get better, but it has. This version has that incredible voice front and center where it always belongs." - Natalie Maines

"There's a whole lot of singing/That's never gonna be heard/Disappearing every day/Without so much as a word," sings Patty Griffin in "Top Of The World," a song from her unreleased album, Silver Bell, recorded in 2000 and intended to be the follow-up to her hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red. The album was not released by A&M Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change, and until now, it has remained a missing piece from Griffin's acclaimed catalog. Newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell will be released for the first time on October 8 by Universal Music Enterprises across all major digital and physical music retailers.

Silver Bell features 14 original songs recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans by Griffin on vocals, guitar and piano with guitarist Doug Lancio, keyboardist John Deaderick, bassist Frank Swart, and percussionist Billy Beard. Emmylou Harris also joined Griffin in the studio to sing harmony on "Truth #2."

Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2" for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In addition, the band's Natalie Maines recorded Silver Bell's title track for her recent solo debut, Mother.

Through the years, Griffin's original songs have also been covered by many other notable artists, including Solomon Burke, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride, Bette Midler, Ben Harper, Bon Iver, Linda Ronstadt, Ellie Goulding & Lissie, Melissa Etheridge, Jessica Simpson, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, and Joan Osborne.

Since parting with A&M, Griffin has continued her successful, critically-acclaimed career, releasing 1000 Kisses (2002, ATO Records), Impossible Dream (2004, ATO Records), Children Running Through (2007, ATO Records), the GRAMMY® Award winning Downtown Church (2010, Credential Recordings), and her latest album, American Kid, released in May (New West Records).



Saturday, Sep 14th, 2013

Oz Knozz "True Believer" Reviewed by A. Dorian

Self produced 8/10.

In a way Oz Knozz reminds me of the old Schlotzsky's commercial, "funny name, serious sandwich". Not that the last album production was bad but this one is downright impressive thanks to having Brian Baker on board as engineer...

link: read more of Oz Knozz - True Believer reviewed by Alexander Dorian

Thursday, Sep 5th, 2013


Grand Prize Is Awarded To Canadian Country Artist Wes Mack

August 29, 2013 - The winners of the 2013 Unsigned Only Music Competition were announced today, representing ten genres of contemporary music. With 22 winners and 100 Honorable Mentions, the US-based competition awards over $50,000 in cash and prizes, including a $10,000 cash prize to the overall Grand Prize winner.

The overall Grand Prize winner is awarded to rising Canadian country artist Wes Mack. His song "Duet" was the overwhelming favorite with the judges who predict a great future for this young and promising unsigned artist. From the silver screen as a film and television star to sold-out performances with Florida Georgia Line, Wes Mack is quickly taking the world of country music by storm. Influenced by artists as diverse as Hank Williams and The Beatles, Mack says, "I would always listen to those tapes with my parents on long road trips through the mountains. That's where I learned the melodies and storytelling which influences me today." As an actor, Mack has built up an impressive resume, including his recurring role in the CBC Western drama, Heartland, playing an up-and-coming country musician. In the past year, Mack has been writing and recording his music in Vancouver and Nashville, and his first single "Duet," featuring Carly McKillip of One More Girl, is currently charting on Canadian country radio.

The judging panel consists of iconic recording artists Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders); Iggy Pop; Neon Trees; Hunter Hayes; Cyndi Lauper; Dustin Lynch; Carly Simon; Brandi Carlile; John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Of Monsters And Men; David Crowder; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); G. Love; Craig Morgan; Jason Gray; Ryan Bingham; Aaron Shust; and The Mountain Goats. Judges also include a group of influential music journalists and editors from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, The Washington Post, and Spin.

Unsigned Only honors artists who are unsigned to a major record label and acts as a benchmark for excellence in this arena of contemporary music. Unsigned Only is a fresh and novel approach to other music competitions. In addition to offering prizes, recognition, exposure, and the chance to be heard by a prestigious judging panel, Unsigned Only takes it a step further and offers the Grand Prize winner the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be mentored by and directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals. Mentors include presidents and top-level executives from Universal Republic, Capitol, Vagrant, RCA, Bad Boy Entertainment, Disney Music Group, Atlantic, Sony, Big Machine, Word, and G-Unit.

Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan said, "With more than 9,000 entries from all over the world, the competition was so competitive, and the finalists impressed the judges with the immense talent displayed. We owe a great thank-you to our dedicated judges who demonstrated their critical knowledge of music in selecting this year's winners, and we are proud to recognize these winners. We are excited to now present our Grand Prize winner to our group of mentors, and we anticipate the experience to be beneficial."

Other winners include:
Adult Album Alternative (AAA)
First Place: Streets of Laredo (Auckland, New Zealand) - "Girlfriend"
Second Place: Skipping Girl Vinegar (Melbourne, Vic, Australia) - "Chase The Sun"

Adult Contemporary (AC)
First Place: Jerzy Jung (Haddon Township, NJ) - "I Hope"
Second Place: Mikey Wax (Syosset, NY, USA) - "Counting On You"

First Place: Paul Stephens (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - "Wonder"
Second Place: Skyhawk Drive (Greencastle, PA, USA) - "Whisper"

First Place: Fairchild Brothers (Toronto, ON, Canada) - "I Have Your Touch"
Second Place: Rachel Honza (Nederland, TX, USA) - "Anonymous"

First Place: Heymun (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) - "By Sea"
Second Place: Ben Glover (Glenarn, Northern Ireland) - "Melodies of Midnight"

Pop/Top 40
First Place: Ginger And The Ghost (Sydney, NSW, Australia) - "Where Wolf"
Second Place: Miracle Bell (Dublin, Ireland) - Love Sounds

First Place: Teri 'Lyric' Green (Crown Point, IN, USA) - Death Of A Poet
Second Place: Tia P. (Inglewood, CA, USA) - I'm Already Tomorrow"

First Place: The Deans (Galway, Ireland) - "Lonely Like Me"
Second Place: Stefan Weiner (Northampton, MA, USA) - "Say I'm Strong"

First Place: Darla Beaux (Las Vegas, NV, USA) - "Rebel Soul"
Second Place: Lena Fayre (Los Angeles, CA, USA) - "Silver"

Vocal Performance
First Place: Nehemie (Miami, FL, USA) - "Tainted Love"
Second Place: Nikisha Reyes (London, England) - "So Cold"

Unsigned Only is sponsored by Sony Creative Software, Disc Makers, David Bean Photography, D'Addario, Mrs. Fields Cookies, The Music Business Registry, Celebrity Access, and CAD Audio.

For more information and to view the list of winners and Honorable Mentions, go to www.unsignedonly.com.

link: www.unsignedonly.com

Sunday, Sep 1st, 2013


Fight For My Soul Out September 17th On Concord Music Group.

It's been seven years since Jonny Lang released a new studio album, but the wait is almost over. Lang has signed a new recording deal with Concord Music Group and will release Fight For My Soul - the follow up to his Grammy Award Winning 2006 album "Turn Around", in North America on September 17th. The album will be released on the Mascot Label Group in the UK and Europe on September 2nd.

"This particular record has taken quite a long time to finish for a lot of different reasons" Lang remarked. "Most of all, I started having kids a few years back. Between being with the family, and being out on the road touring, the last thing you want to do when home is to go make a record. I'm really happy with the body of work we have for this one. It's kind of hard to be excited and know what the record is going to be like when the process is extended over such a long period of time. Today, sitting here, I'm really proud of the recordings." Lang has been working on the release for three years with Producer Tommy Sims, who co-wrote Eric Clapton's Grammy winning "Change the World." The duo collaborated on the project from the ground up.

Fight For My Soul truly defies categorization by a single genre. The textured arrangements, broad worldview, gorgeous vocal melodies, and expressive guitar playing are what defines the album. It is unequivocally what Lang aimed to achieve over the long period he has been working on reaching a realized vision. He offers, "Much of what I've experienced through music and life in general is in these songs. I really like reaching out and connecting with people. For me, this is what it's all about. It keeps it fresh with different experiences every day."

Since the release of his 1997 major label debut "Lie To Me", the then 16 year-old Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. As always, Jonny Lang will be on the road leading up to and beyond the release date of Fight For My Soul. Along with a full North American tour schedule, in October Lang will embark on his first extended European tour in over a decade.

For the latest news on Jonny Lang:

link: Pre-Order Fight For My Soul by Jonny Lang

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Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014
Name: Ken
60's Show Band now forming and seeking qualified and experienced DRUMMER. This is a professionally designed and choreographed show band performing the greatest hits from the 1960's...Acts such as The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Buckinghams, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, The Association, ...and many others. The drummer selected MUST be proficient with the use of digital BACKING TRACKS. This is NOT a bar band...venues to include Casinos, Cruise Ships and Corporate opportunities. Must be willing to COMMIT.
Phone: 409-466-1271
Email: ken12554@gmail.com

Tuesday, Jul 22nd, 2014

Seeking Christian Hard Rock/Modern Rock Guitarist (Houston) We are looking for a like minded experienced guitarist to share lead/rhythm duties and also someone who wants to collaborate and create modern hard hitting rock music with a positive influence. This is a Christian based band that will do various venues both Christian and Secular. Here is a link to our vocalist's old band. We will be doing some similar stuff, as well as a mixture of some modern rock influenced material. http://www.reverbnation.com/asundertx
Email: eta10935@gmail.com

Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
Name: Snagil Stusios
Cover band needed!! Classic Country and Classic rock. We have an excellent practice studio available, sound system, and audio tech. In return for use of facility we are asking the owner will provide occasional vocals. We are not asking to replace vocals, but just to supplement. We are asking NO MONEY. Practice would be on weekend in the afternoons. We are currently located in the Northwest Houston area, just off of Weat Little York. If interested contact Jessica
Phone: 9107474266
Email: jjsotelo31@gmail.com

Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
Name: Kevin
Death Metal TRY OUTs (Houston, Texas ) NO LGBT! NO BLACK METAL!!! Auditioning FULL TIME REHEARSAL/PRACTICE/WRITING/SOON LIVE* DRUMMER, 2nd Lead/Rhythm Guitarist & Bassist, VOCALS A PLUS!!! Must be able to WRITE MUSIC & work with existing music. (Guitarists must have multi-effects such as flange, chorus, etc) ----- DRUMMERs! Must be able to perform different tempos of Double Bass and various Blast Beats (Unison Blast, Suffo Blasts, Hammer Blasts, Gravity Blasts, Rim Blasts, Bomb Blasts, Unison Bomb Blasts, Gravity Bomb Blasts, HYPER BLASTs, ETC), Also studies of Ancient War Drums from Various Ancient Cultures. Influences: Deeds of Flesh, Gorgasm, Nile, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Deicide, Death, Obituary etc... (REALLY ANYTHING DEATH METAL/BRUTAL DEATH METAL, etc, JUST NO "CORE") NOTE: All Songs Posted on the Website and Reverbnation are For Production & Audition Purposes, THERE IS NO COUNT OFF, the Songs are NOT the Final Product and Some Songs are CONDENSED, Recordings MADE USING A CELLPHONE. The 2nd Production Track for "The Queen Kills" is available on the Facebook VIDEOs TAB. Standard D Tuning, NO DROPPED TUNING...... In addition to Necroscopic, Looking to do a Regular Death Metal Style Project, None of the Foreign & Exotic Music involved in Necroscopic to give any new members coming in their own creativity. Lets Do It! REPLY TO THIS POST! (Exotic Scales and more info will be emailed to you to prepare IF Not already studied in the Exotic Foreign Scales) *Full Time Rehearsal, Studying, Writing, Producing, Practicing at Least 2 Times Weekly for 3 to 4 Hours, LONGER HOURS & 3 DAYs WEEKLY PREFERRED
Email: kevin@necroscopic.com

Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
Name: Chris
Pro drummer with own pro gear, 26 years old. Looking to join in an established project that has shows lined up or to start up an alternative rock/metal project. I can play an array of genres including and not limited to rock/country/hip hop/electronica . I will be back in the Houston area full-time starting 8/1. Send serious inquiries only.
Email: ckellykcco@gmail.com

Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
Name: Rob
BASSES FOR SALE!!! 1966 Mosrite Ventures 2 p/u with duckfeet tuners,refinished white to look like Johnny Ramones 6 string. $1250 with original case. also 2009 USA P bass $800 with case. Refinished white as well.
Phone: 713-417-4618
Email: fourstringhooligan@aol.com

Monday, Jul 21st, 2014
Name: Sam
Ever wonder why there is no country music showcase in Houston? The first ever 2014 HOUSTON COUNTRY MUSIC SHOWCASE was created to change all that. Hosted by Houston's own Firehouse Saloon and brought to you by Crow Entertainment Services, this showcase is existed to put the Houston country music scene, venues and artists in the industry limelight! So, come support all starving, struggling and. independant musicians in your local Houston area: LET'S PUT HOUSTON ON THE MAP IN THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY!
Email: livemusiclife25@yahoo.com

Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
Name: Matt
Spin Cycle is making a comeback to the Houston area cover scene, and we are looking for a committed bassist to complet e the lineup. Backing vocals are a must and lead vocal is required for part of the night. Late 30's to early 40's in age, and must be available to rehearse. The band is in a rebuilding stage and currently does not have any gigs booked. For more info e-mail or call. Thanks for you interest.
Phone: 281-415-1561
Email: spincyclelive@gmail.com

Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014

Pro Keyboardist/Studio Musician seeks "studio" work. All Genres/Reads/Writes/Full Score. Pay based on project types. (sorry, no Hip or Rap.) Thanks
Email: kbdsongs@sbcglobal.net

Sunday, Jul 20th, 2014
Name: Chris\\m/
I am a hardcore metal, style vocalis t, I am looking to either do back ups or be the main vocalist I am looking for dedicated musicians who want to make music, I have influences such as , Rage against Machine, Hatebreed, as I lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, I have my own equipment and a vehicle If interested please email, call , or text, I have a sample recorded of my vocals sorry for poor quality but you get the Idea here is a video..... http://youtu.be/UXnrR-zdSd4
Phone: 8328900325
Email: chris_tenney26@yahoo.com

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